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Karen Woodcock Ph.D., M.S.W.

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Karen Woodcock, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Associate Dean of Social Work / Associate Professor of Social Work
Karen Woodcock Ph.D.



Dr. Karen Woodcock is an Associate Professor and Director of the BASW Program. She received her Ph.D, MSW, and B. S. degree at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Woodcock  began her career as a residential counselor in community mental health.  Additionally, she worked as an intensive case manager,  resource coordinator, and group home supervisor for residential community mental health clients. Her dissertation was conducted at a community agency that provided services and shelter to victims of domestic violence. For this research, she obtained community and University funding and personally interviewed woman at the agency. The mixed-method study of the mental health help seeking behaviors of victims of intimate partner violence supported a relationship between PTSD and difficulties in victim’s establishing and maintaining positive mental health treatment experiences.


Dr. Woodcock’s academic experience includes teaching at the bachelors and masters level in social work prior to Brandman and serving as a faculty member and director of the BASW program at Brandman University. She was instrumental in the development of the BASW program from its inception and in obtaining professional accreditation for the program from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Dr. Woodcock was awarded Faculty of the Year for 2016-2017 in recognition of her service to the University. At Brandman, she has taught blended courses at the Santa Clarita, CA campus and online social work courses.


  • Social Work
  • Community and Public Health


Ph.D. in Social Work

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Dissertation: “Mental Health Help Seeking Behaviors of Intimate Partner Violence Victims”

MSW in Social Work

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Community Organization and Social Administration
B.S. Psychology

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Scholarly Activities

Social Work Disciplinary Community Chair

Social Work Curriculum Team Chair

Social Work Student Association Advisor

Professional Experiences

BASW Program Director

Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Oversight of BASW program: policies, faculty meetings, student support, adjunct support, adjunct course assignments, campus support, professional accreditation; course development and teaching responsibilities.

Faculty, BSW Program

Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Taught BSW Courses: Introduction to Social Work, Diversity, Groups, HBSE; committee responsibilities.

Adjunct Faculty, Field Liaison

University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School

Taught MSW Courses: Research Program Evaluation, HBSE, Models of Intervention and Mental Health Policy; Assisted students in course registration; Conducted field practicum site visits. Developed field sites.


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